School-College Partnerships

The City University of New York's commitment to the education of all New Yorkers begins long before the start of college. Through a variety of collaborative programs, CUNY invests substantial human and financial resources in service to the city's public school students and out-of-school youth. The work CUNY does with the NYC public schools through the Office of Academic Affairs is known collectively as School-College Partnerships.<read more>
Currently, School-College Partnerships include CUNY-sponsored or affiliated schools; programs with pre-college and college courses and activities, academic advising and support services; and arts projects. The Office of Academic Affairs manages these efforts in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and other organizations.

College Now

CUNY's largest collaborative program, enlisting 18 colleges and nearly 425 NYC public high schools in its mission to help prepare students for success in college. The program provides a variety of opportunities, including college-credit courses, college-preparatory courses and activities, experiential-based summer programs, and access to campus facilities and cultural offerings. >>

Creative Arts Team

(CAT) is an international leader in the arts-in-education field, providing participatory drama workshops and residency programs to more than 15,000 young people, teachers, and parents each year. In addition to direct service and professional development programs, CAT promotes and disseminates its unique methodology through the M.A. in Applied Theatre, in partnership with CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. >>

Early College Initiative

The Early College Initiative at CUNY develops and supports innovative public schools in New York City that provide students from a broad range of backgrounds the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree (or up to two years of transferable college credit) at no cost to students and the their families. The schools are designed to provide this opportunity to students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Each of CUNY's 17 early college schools is developed in partnership with a CUNY college, offering a coherent program of study to ensure students' success in high school, college and beyond. >>


(CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School Program) —renamed the Dr. Derrick Griffith CUNY Preparatory School in June 2015 to honor its founding principal— is a full-time, year-round academic program that provides youth between the ages of 16 and 18 with an alternative pathway to college. CUNY Prep is committed to helping students who have stopped out of traditional high schools to develop the academic, personal, and social skills necessary for success in higher education, expanded life opportunities, and active participation in community and civic affairs. >>

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At Home In College

At Home in College is a Robin Hood funded college transition program that works with over 2000 high school seniors from 60 New York City public high schools and 100 students from CUNY GED programs. The immediate goal of the project is to increase the college enrollment and retention rates of these students, and ultimately, their college graduation rates. >>

CUNY School Support Organization

The City University of New York has submitted a proposal to serve as a Partnership Support Organization for up to forty middle, secondary and high schools. CUNY has proposed to provide its support services through a dedicated full-time staff as well as through the extensive involvement of campus-based faculty and staff with knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of relevant areas. The proposed Support Organization is a natural extension of the University's extensive involvement with the city's public schools through its collaborative programs (College Now, affiliated schools, early college schools, and Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP) and its numerous teacher education programs, including the recently launched Teacher Academy. >>

Research & Evaluation

CUNY Collaborative Programs work with the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support to better understand program trends and outcomes through research and program evaluation.  Click here for statistics on some of our programs.

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